Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the Yankees have reached out to the Mets to talk about Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed. Meanwhile, Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, reported that the Yankees and A’s have held trade discussions regarding Alonso.
Duda, 31, has hit .248/.355/.550 this year which is good for a 134 OPS+. In his career, he has a .246/.344/.458 line. He is not really known for his defense, but would fit into the Yankees lineup nicely and is a free agent after the season so he wouldn’t block Greg Bird next year.
Alonso is a year younger than Duda and is having a better season — hitting .268/.366/.555 with a 148 OPS+ in 83 games. His career numbers aren’t quite as good as Duda’s, though — .269/.338/.406.
Reed, 28, has a 2.47 ERA with a 9.3 K/9 and a 1.0 BB/9 in 43.2 innings pitched. He’s been pretty good in his career too as he is coming off a 206 OPS+ last year and has a 3.40 ERA, 9.6 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in parts of seven seasons.
Of course, trading with the Mets is tough. It barely ever happens. The conditions have to be perfect because the teams fear being embarrassed by one another. Say the Yankees deal a decent prospect for Duda and then that player goes on to be great. The Yankees don’t want to be reminded of that on the back page of the New York Post for a decade. So take, at least the Mets rumors, with a grain of salt.
Rob’s thoughts: All three players involved in trade rumors, including Reed, are free agents after the season and would be considered rental players. At this point, the Yankees are still in the midst of a rebuilt. Hopefully they won’t do anything stupid and trade a decent prospect for a rental. Maybe they could conceivably compete for a wild-card spot this year, but with such large holes in the pitching staff that seems like a path designed for disaster.
The words “rental player” shouldn’t even be in the Yankees vocabulary right now. If it is than we’ve got to hope that GM Brian Cashman call pull off some kind of wizard move where he turns a mid-tier prospect into an actual productive player (he’s done it before: Didi Gregorius). If the Yankees make trades, they should all be made with the 2018 team in mind just as much as the 2017 version.